2017 NBA Draft Winners and Losers

Updated: June 28, 2017

2017 NBA Draft Winners and Losers

Rank Player School Year Pos HT WT Drafted
1 Markelle Fultz Washington Fr PG 6-4 195 1
2 Lonzo Ball UCLA Fr PG 6-6 190 2
3 Jayson Tatum Duke Fr SF 6-8 205 3
4 Josh Jackson Kansas Fr SF 6-8 207 4
5 Jonathan Isaac Florida St. Fr SF 6-10 210 6
6 De’Aaron Fox Kentucky Fr PG 6-3 170 5
7 Malik Monk Kentucky Fr PG 6-3 200 11
8 OG Anunoby Indiana So SF 6-8 235 23
9 Dennis Smith Jr. NC State Fr PG 6-3 190 9
10 Lauri Markkanen Arizona Fr PF 7-0 230 7
11 Frank Ntilikina INTL PG 6-5 175 8
12 John Collins Wake Forest So PF 6-10 235 19
13 Justin Jackson N. Carolina Jr SF 6-8 210 15
14 Donovan Mitchell Louisville So SG 6-3 205 13
15 Luke Kennard Duke So SG 6-6 202 12
16 Bam Adebayo Kentucky Fr C 6-10 245 14
17 Justin Patton Creighton Fr C 7-0 230 16
18 Terrance Ferguson INTL SG 6-7 186 21
19 Jarrett Allen Texas Fr C 6-11 235 22
20 Ike Anigbogu UCLA Fr PF 6-10 250 47
21 Ivan Rabb California So PF 6-11 220 35
22 Zach Collins Gonzaga Fr C 7-0 230 10
23 Jordan Bell Oregon Jr PF 6-9 225 38
24 Harry Giles Duke Fr PF 6-10 240 20
25 Frank Jackson Duke Fr SG 6-3 205 31
26 Josh Hart Villanova Sr SG 6-5 215 30
27 DJ Wilson Michigan So PF 6-10 235 17
28 Semi Ojeleye SMU Jr SF 6-7 235 37
29 Johnathan Motley Baylor Jr PF 6-10 230 Undrafted
30 Jawun Evans OK st. So PG 6-1 180 39


This was my Top 30 Big Board prior to the draft. I added the final column to show where that player actually got drafted as a reference.

So according to my personal rankings, the NBA GMs agreed with me on the top 6 picks. We differ on Markkanen and Monk apparently. I would take Malik Monk over Lauri Markkanen 100 times out of 100. Monk is going to be a bucket-getter in the NBA for the next 12 years. I told everyone that Jonathan Isaac was a top 6 player and I was proved correct. I also said Bam Adebayo was being severely underrated by all the mock drafts listing him as a late 1st or 2nd rounder.  He went in the lottery.

The other player I tried to tell everyone about was Josh Hart. Some people considered him an undrafted free agent candidate. That’s crazy talk. He’s a proven entity. He went in the 1st round to the Lakers. They made a good choice with that one.

The biggest reach of the draft in my opinion was Portland taking Zach Collins at #10. Call me crazy, but I don’t want to draft a guy in the Top 10 that didn’t start a single game in college. If you’re not good enough to start in college, what are the chances you are good enough to start in the NBA? Not likely. Collins is foul-prone with a limited upside.  Can you picture Zach Collins playing meaningful minutes in an NBA finals game in the current NBA?  I can’t.  He would get destroyed on pick-and-rolls.  Lauri Markkanen at #7 is also a reach in my opinion. I’m not sold on him.

The biggest steals of the draft were Malik Monk at #11 and OG Anunoby at #23. Jordan Bell at #38 was also good value, especially considering the team fit.  Golden State doesn’t need offense; but they would love some big man athleticism with rebounding and shot-blocking.  That describes Bell’s game exactly.  Malik Monk in Charlotte will be great. He is possibly the best pure scorer in the draft. I can’t believe he fell to #11. The Bulls at #7 or the Knicks at #8 should have jumped all over him and reaped the rewards. Instead they went with Euros.

Draft Winners:

Charlotte Hornets – Picks: Malik Monk (11), Dwayne Bacon (40)

Philadelphia 76ers – Picks: Markelle Fultz (1), Anzejs Pasecniks (25), Jonah Bolden (36), Mathias Lessort (50)

Sacramento Kings – Picks: De’Aaron Fox (5), Justin Jackson (15), Harry Giles (20), Frank Mason (34)

Los Angeles Lakers – Picks: Lonzo Ball (2), Kyle Kuzma (27), Josh Hart (30, from Jazz), Thomas Bryant (42)

Needless to say, the Minnesota Timberwolves were the big winners on draft night. Not because of who they drafted but because they traded for Jimmy Butler. Butler provides every single trait the Timberwolves need to progress to the next level: defense, toughness, veteran leadership, clutch scoring, etc. It was the perfect trade for Minnesota.


Draft Losers:

Denver Nuggets – Picks: Tyler Lydon (24), Vlatko Cancar (49), Monte Morris (51)

Portland Trail Blazers – Picks: Zach Collins (10), Caleb Swanigan (26)

Chicago Bulls were losers on so many levels. Traded an All-NBA player for 2 flawed young players and then used the draft pick to reach for a 7-foot Finnish kid who only shoots 3s but can’t rebound or play D. Well done Bulls!

Nate Draxler is a Writer for Couch Rider Report. Follow us on InstagramFacebook or Twitter.

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